Friday, November 13, 2015

October busyness

(Church ceiling project continued from September) After all the drywall, sanding, texturing, painting of the new church ceiling, installing of the new lights and fans, there was a lot of cleaning to do.
 Randy is caulking around the re-installed trim, preparatory to painting the trim, and repainting the walls.
 Rowen getting in on the vacuuming "fun."
 After vacuuming the pews, Emily went over them all with a damp rag.  There was a lot of dust, even though we had had them covered.
 More of Randy caulking, using the plank between two ladders.  We need another picture of the finished job, but I guess we haven't taken that picture.  Since then, Randy and Rowen converted the men's restroom into a wheelchair accessible handicap rest room.  That was another week's project.  Just yesterday (Nov. 12) we got new porch, steps, sidewalk, and ramp installed at the church, so we will have to get more pictures and have another post about that!
 October 4 was Life Chain Sunday and we participated in the Greeley Life Chain.
 Of course, Emily was also there, but behind the camera, as usual.
 A homemade sign any of us would be qualified to hold.
 Emily has been blessed to take violin lessons every Wednesday afternoon this semester from Teri Ong.  She has learned how to do vibrato and many more positions on the violin.  She will be in a recital on December 12.
 Our beautiful mums!
 A picture of us before we went out to eat for our 32nd anniversary!  What a privilege to be in a loving and blessed marriage relationship, where Christ is the head of our home!
 We have enjoyed all the beautiful fall colors this year.  This tree is in front of Medical Center of the Rockies, where we have spent many hours since August, visiting our friend Tami.  She died on October 21.  We have hope that she made it to heaven, the fruit of many years of prayer and sharing Christ, the result of God's mercy and grace.
This is not a good picture of her, but I put it on here to remember her.  She was only 46, but choices from her youth destroyed her liver and took her life much too soon.  We loved Tami and miss her, but we are glad that she took care of things with God and was ready to go.

 I had frozen some zucchini to make two batched of muffins for the Quilt Show Bake Sale.
 Following are pictures from the 2015 Quilt/Craft/Demo Show.  

 These are Jonathan and Jewelyn's small quilts that I made December, 2014 and quilted on my own machine.
 This is the only quilt I have made and completed during 2015.
 The twin quilt I made for Elizabeth that she used at college.  I completed it May 2014, but because it was at college in Ohio with her, it had not been in the quilt show before.  She will take it with her when she goes again next August.
Emily's cross stitch quilt that her Grandma Wanda Scoles made.
 Elizabeth's cross stitch quilt that her Grandma Wanda Scoles made.
 Jason's quilt I completed in 2011.  It was hung upside down.  I didn't notice that until too late...
 My friend Karla Cook who was one of our demonstrators this year.  She did a neat post about the quilt show here.  Be sure and read it!  Her post saved me a lot of time :)
 Here are the viewers' choice prize winners for this year.  1st place:  Hummingbirds and Flowers by Sharon Engels.  The applique was so beautiful.
2nd place: Jane goes Batty with Baticks by Patricia Lamfers  The intricate details of the very small blocks was amazing!
 3rd place:  El Camino Real by Judy Scarlett.  Each block represented a mission in California.
The following are pictures from Pastor Appreciation in Iowa where Jeffrey is serving as Youth Pastor.

Janet was privileged to work the Early Election Oct. 26-31, Nov. 2 in Greeley, and Election Day in Johnstown Nov. 3.  Of course, we are not allowed to take pictures so our faithful readers will have to take my word for it.

September happenings

Somehow life got too busy for blogging in September.  So a little catching up is in order.  
Jeffrey came to visit us from Iowa for a few days the first week of September.  He has been busy with teaching Sunday School, leading the Youth, working on his last online class, and keeping house for himself.  We are glad he took the time to come and see us.  We had Randy and Joy and family upfor supper on the deck.
Jonathan played a new game with Grandma.
 Quil and Micah enjoyed building with Legos with Jeffrey. 
 Bedtime came and it was time for the boys to head for home after a last hug for Uncle Jeffrey.  Jeffrey also spent some of his time down at their house and they had a lot of fun with him.
 This was the day Jeffrey was heading back to Iowa.
 September 19, we participated in an event at the Parish House Museum where we gave many tours to many Girl Scouts and Brownies.  We tried to look somewhat old fashioned for the occasion.
 Janet was the tour guide in the part of the basement where the Sugar Factory artifacts are.
 Rowen was tour guide in the other part of the basement where he got to talk about school in the olden days, the Johnstown Tornado and Meteorite.
 September 23, Randy's family was again in Johnstown, this time to celebrate Joanna's 18th birthday.
Jonathan and Aunt Elizabeth reading a book.
 Jewelyn zooming a truck on Grandma.  You can almost hear her truck noises she is making!
 Joanna wearing the apron Elizabeth bought and decorated for her.
 Jonathan and Emily
 We helped with a huge project at the church, which was replacing the ceiling, lights, and fans.  First all the trim had to be taken down.
 This is the map of the trim pieces, made so they would go back up in the right places.  Each piece was marked with the code and then the map was coded.
 The fans and lights had served their time.  
 Emily and Joanna covered the tops of the pews with fabric, then covered all the pews with plastic.
 Randy put up huge sheets of plastic on the walls.
 Quil and Micah took turns vacuuming up messes.  There were a lot of messes for several days!
 The Lucas family and Steve Cunningham came up from Colorado Springs to install the new drywall.
 They placed chipboard across the tops of the pews for a platform on which to work.
 Steve bravely used the drywall stilts to reach the part that was not over the pews.  It was scary to walk around on them with all the plastic trip-hazards.
 We had church outside that Sunday.  There was a lot left to be done inside.
 A sweet fall picture of Emily by our mums.